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COMS 102 Principles of Oral Communications

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    Lots of Writing

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    A Few Big Assignments

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    Jan 22, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Definitely wasn't as intimidating as I thought, however in my class, we only did two big speeches and two impromptu speeches so it was far less than what I knew others had. However, it was farly graded.

    Course highlights:

    We got the rubric before our speeches so we knew exactly what he was looking for. There were no surprises.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't stress yourself too much about public speaking. I know it can be overwhelming but it's definitely manageable and you'll never have to take it again

    • Spring 2016
    • Dr.WilliamAusmus
    • Yes
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    Dec 25, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I believe that I gained much further insight on how to prepare a speech and how to develop a great speaking outline. I also learned how to gain the audience's trust and credibility. However, I believe the professor put too much emphasis on the timing of our speeches and graded us too much on that alone.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were the teacher speaking herself as she carried herself very eloquently and the student involvement in every class discussion. I too learned how to carry myself more eloquently and seem poised while speaking in front of an audience.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would suggest preparing your speaking outlines well in advance so you have plenty of time to practice your speech. Also, the final and midterm are easy points as long as you study well enough and know your vocabulary.

    • Fall 2016
    • bredeson
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing A Few Big Assignments Requires Presentations
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    Nov 21, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Personally, I absolutely hate public speaking, but Dr. Bredeson was incredible patient and helpful and invited me to work during her office hours on my speech to make me more comfortable speaking in front of the class. This class helped make me more comfortable presenting and made me improve as a writer and a speaker.

    Course highlights:

    We learned how to present ourselves individually and as a group. We also learned how to write both informational and persuasive speeches in different contexts such as debates, panels, and individual speaking.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not let yourself fall behind in this course. The professors can tell when you've done the work the night before and it will stress you out a million times more to wait til the last minute instead of spreading out your workload over the course of a week or two.

    • Fall 2016
    • bredeson
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing Group Projects

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